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I think that in many ways, casting people the way they do in Hollywood cuts the intelligence of viewers by pandering to what they think people will want to see rather than understanding the dynamics of today’s society’s acceptance of diversity. The funny thing is that visually you could be set up to fit into numerous ethnicities because you’re not stereotypical of the South Asian look or what westerners see as South Asian. That’s when I’ve had a little luck on my side and have gotten the role.
You had mentioned that there have been a number of hurdles you’ve had to overcome. I really feel that they are going to become different versions of the same hurdles.When people meet me, and I audition, as much as you hear: “Oh you’re great! ” At the end of the day when it’s up against me and another actress, more often than not, the role goes to the other person. It’s a struggle, and it’s very frustrating and there are times that I’ve wanted to scream. They simply are not willing to do the research to see that there is a whole spectrum of types when it comes to being South Asian.There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not upset by something that is rooted in ignorance. I’ve gone into a room when they do want to cast someone who is South Asian, and they question whether I am Indian. The only time this is not the case is when there is a South Asian involved in the decision-making and they would step in and say, “wait, she is Indian”.In Amman, Tala (Ray) constantly breaks off engagements, to the consternation of her Christian parents.The latest wedding looks like it's going ahead, but during a trip to London, Tala visits a pal (Kempton) who's dating a Muslim Indian, Leyla (Sheth).Sparks ignite between the women, who both know there's no way they can pursue a romance due to the demands of their home cultures.